First Impressions: ensuring clear site access

CMDP, the framework contractor for Southern Water, are in their second year of a project for pesticide removal on a clean water site.

An initial and continuing challenge is to make those affected by the works and the users of the site aware of the site location and to enable access and make the area a safe place to drive for local residents. This was a challenge as the site access road is in a small village location and at the end of a narrow private road 1 kilometre from the main road. Measures introduced include:

    • Clear countdown signs placed on the road and clear direction signs from the entrance of the lane with direction signs running to the works.
    • Speed limit 15mph signs were placed, as were ‘keep off the verges, keep to the road’ signs, in consideration for the residents and farmer’s family who have kept well-trimmed road edges.
    • At the site entrance a full PPE wearing traffic marshal is in place and he takes vehicles to the work teams where they marshall the vehicle.
    • Clear signs for the farmer’s property and parking area were made by CMDP and placed.

Safe working comes with considering all users to the site and those affected by the works, and if the first impression is of a well maintained access then it will follow that the site will be managed in the same way.

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